The Israeli air force is hosting nearly 1,000 officers and pilots from five countries for desert-based training, Defense News reported. This joint operation, called the Blue Flag drill, is a series of aerial exercises modeled after a similar American program. The program’s goal is to institutionalize the Blue Flag exercise as a biennial event for showcasing capabilities, strengthening diplomatic bonds, and preparing for future scenarios involving coalition forces.
The Iron Dome missile defense system on Oct. 28 shot down a rocket fired from Gaza, U.S. News and World Report reported. The rocket was headed toward the southern town of Ashkelon, which has a population of roughly 113,000. There were no injuries from the attack, and the Israeli air force responded by striking two concealed rocket launchers in northern Gaza.
Ten U.S. veterans traveled to Israel in October to interact with Israeli soldiers and learn best practices for dealing with post-traumatic stress (PTS), Ha’aretz reported. Some of the delegation’s activities included planting trees for fallen soldiers and visiting Yad Vashem, Israel’s Holocaust memorial museum. New Jersey-based Heroes to Heroes sponsored the trip and has financed two others since its founding in 2011.
Elbit Systems, an Israeli defense contractor, has partnered with an American firm to produce helmets for F-35 fighter pilots, Agence France Presse reported. The helmet, which will be manufactured in the United States, will display flight and weapons data for the pilot. State-owned Israel Military Industries already manufactures parts for the F-35.
Lockheed Martin announced plans this month to open an Israeli subsidiary that will employ hundreds of people, The Times of Israel reported. Lockheed Martin will build an office for IT and cyber protection while seeking to buy Israeli companies in the domestic security market. Lockheed Martin already has strong ties with the Israeli military and supplies it with planes and technology.